Everyone knows how to use a plunger, right? Well, while it is true that most people would be able to grab a plunger and go to work on a clogged toilet, there is a big difference between using a plunger and using it right. In fact, if you use too much force when trying to clear a clog with a plunger, you could damage your pipes. Even more dangerous, if you use a plunger after trying to clear the clog up with some type of drain chemical, then you could splash those chemicals in your face.

So, what is the correct way to use a plunger? First, you need to consider the water level. If it is too high, you can cause contaminated water to leak out on your bathroom floor, and if it is too low, you won’t be able to use the plunger efficiently. Before you start, make sure the cup of the plunger is filled up for it to be effective. It is also important that the plunger seals well over the opening of the pipe, otherwise the pressure can escape. Using a slow rhythmic pace will be the most beneficial for clearing out a clog, so there is no need rushing it, since that just makes it more likely to damage the pipes.